Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton granted divorce

Judge grants decree nisi after 68-second high court hearing following Beady Eye frontman's admission of adultery

Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton have been granted a decree nisi, effectively ending their six-year marriage, after a 68-second hearing at the high court in London.

In official court papers, Appleton said Gallagher had "admitted adultery to me" on 17 July 2013, "prior to it becoming publicised in national newspapers". The couple have not lived together since that time.

The Beady Eye frontman reportedly declined to contest Appleton's divorce petition and agreed to pay her "reasonable [legal] costs".

If there are no disputes, then a decree nisi can become a decree absolute within six weeks and a day under British law.

Neither Appleton nor Gallagher were present at the hearing, where District Judge Anne Aitken found that Appleton had "sufficiently proved" the contents of her petition. The All Saints singer "is entitled to a decree of divorce, the marriage having irretrievably broken down, the facts found proved being the respondent's adultery," said Aitken.

Gallagher, 41, and Appleton, 39, began dating in 2000 and were married at Old Marylebone Town Hall in Westminster on Valentine's Day 2008. They have one child together, 12-year-old Gene.

According to Appleton's divorce petition, Gallagher, who has two other children from earlier relationships, "now has a child" with the woman with whom he committed adultery.

Appleton is on tour with the reunited All Saints, performing as part of the Backstreet Boys' UK circuit.

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